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Monday, March 7, 2011
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The Generation That Will End Abortion

by Peter Heck
It's more than a feeling.  Events that have unfolded the last several months have convinced me that this will be the generation that brings an end to the practice of legalized abortion in the United States.  Historically speaking, our escape from this draconian and barbaric ritual of child killing was inevitable.  Ours is a country that has always been engaged in a perpetual struggle to live up to the eternal truths of our founding creed: that all men are endowed by God with inalienable rights. 
In the dark moments of our past, we have experienced the betrayal of those timeless principles by the self-serving interests of a few.  The same moral confusion that once paved the infamous Trail of Tears, supported the slave auction block and inspired the angry lynch mobs, now leads some to believe that they can choose to exterminate small, unplanned or inconvenient children.  So what convinces me that we are arriving at our most recent point of deliverance?  Several factors do.  First, we are finally beginning to address the real issue of whether the infant in the womb is human or not.  This has always been the only question that matters.  During oral arguments in the 1973 landmark case of Roe v. Wade, Justice Potter Stewart demonstrated as much.  He asked Attorney Sarah Weddington who was arguing for abortion rights, "If it were established that an unborn fetus is a person, you would have an almost impossible case here, would you not?"  Weddington audibly laughed as she was forced to acknowledge, "I would have a very difficult case."  Stewart pushed further by positing, "This would be the equivalent to after the child was born...if the mother thought it bothered her health having the child around, she could have it killed.  Isn't that correct?"  Weddington sheepishly granted, "That's correct." This shocking exchange is what prompted the author of the seminal Roe ruling, Harry Blackmun, to write in the majority opinion, "[If the] suggestion of personhood is established, the case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment." Yet despite this being the critical linchpin holding the heinous premise of abortion rights together, we have spent years in the wilderness debating ultrasound laws, parental consent forms and taxpayer subsidies -- a confused approach that has yielded a 38-year holocaust in the name of convenience.  This finally is beginning to dawn on our elected leaders.  At a press conference last month, U.S. Representative Trent Franks stated bluntly, "Ladies and gentlemen, if abortion really does kill a baby, then in this, the seat of freedom, we are living in the midst of the greatest human genocide in the history of humanity."  That conclusion may be difficult for our American pride to admit, but it illuminates a painful truth that can refocus our attention where it should be: our national commitment to defending the inalienable rights of all men.
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The tactical flaw made by the pro-life movement is seeking to reverse Roe v Wade via federal mandate.

Had the emphasis been at the state level, I suspect many if not most states would now prohibit abortion saving millions of lives.

I agree: the only question that matters is whether or not a fetus is human.

Let us, for a moment, suppose that the United States of America was not founded upon any religious beliefs, but rather the secular idea of freedom and liberty for all persons, a land in which everyone was free to practice whatever religion they felt like without any government pressure, as long as they did not intrude on the freedom of others. Beginning with this premise, we have no foothold from scripture granting us immediate justification for the personhood of the fetus.
It's obvious where this argument ends up if we embroider government legislation with Christian thought, but for a moment, can we please consider abortion from a stance everyone agrees with so everyone can live together? What proof have we of fetus sentience, without resorting to religious texts? This is where real conversation can start with those who hold different ideals than Christians.

Of course, this becomes an even more complicated issue if we start from this point, but so life goes. Is consciousness of the fetus our ultimate definition of personhood? What if the development of consciousness is layered; what if it's not an on-off switch or a lightbulb, but rather a complex process in which the definition of human sentience comes to play only halfway through or so? Are we to say that a registering of pain is enough proof; and if this is all we need, shouldn't we all be vegans? Considering such points, we realize even more base questions are coming into play: what does it mean to be human? Are we any different from animals?

Further, a side note: If all human life, to God, is precious, I would also hope that a follower of God would consistently hold to their pro-life views, and reject all war as well as the death-penalty.